HOW WE'RE HELPING GARDENERS DURING COVID-19:

While we can't meet you in person until the health crisis ends, our volunteers are still active and available to assist you online.
We are currently offering virtual advice clinics, presentations and workshops via Zoom. Here are just a few of the many presentations we offer:
  • Houseplants: Our Constant Garden
  • Landscaping with Trees and Large Shrubs
  • Putting the Garden to Bed

Have a garden question? Visit our Ask a Master Gardener page.
We'll update this notice if things change. Meanwhile, stay safe, and happy gardening.

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If you are planning to purchase a live Christmas tree, dig the hole now before the ground freezes. Keep the soil dug out of the hole in a place where it won’t freeze so that you can use it to back-fill the hole when you plant the tree after Christmas. ... See MoreSee Less

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So often we are thrilled by the vivid fall colours and forget the beauty in the more subdued tones. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rose bushes need to be protected from the freeze/thaw cycles that our winters bring us. AFTER the ground has frozen, pile a layer of peat moss, compost or shredded leaves around the bottom 20 cm of your rose bushes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Worried about squirrels getting your tulip bulbs? Cover the planted area with chicken wire and mulch. Tulips will grow right through in the spring. Interplant with daffodils, fritillarias and alliums, which squirrels dislike. Be sure to pick up all papery bulb skins. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tie down climbing rose canes to protect them from cold winds. And if you tie the flexible rose canes in a horizontal arc along a fence or trellis, it will trigger the greater bud break leading to many more blossoms next year. ... See MoreSee Less

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Overwintered potted perennials may get too much rain or melted snow. A thaw may not reach the drainage holes, leaving roots in water, then ice. To avoid excess water, put your pots in a covered area. Under eaves by the east or south side of your house would be ideal. ... See MoreSee Less

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Don't worry, there's still time to get your tulip bulbs in. This year, mark their location so that you don't accidentally disturb them in the spring. Use small stakes or markers, coloured golf tees, or paint the name of the bulb on a rock and place the rock where it's planted. ... See MoreSee Less

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Toronto Master Gardeners

The Toronto Master Gardeners are volunteers committed to providing the public with horticultural information, education and inspiration. The resources and services available through this site are designed to help Toronto residents use safe, effective, proven and sustainable horticultural practices to create gardens, landscapes and communities that are both vibrant and healthy.

Gardening Guides

Our useful Gardening Guides provide introductory information for the home gardener about a broad range of horticultural topics.

Book A Master Gardener

Local organizations can book our volunteers to deliver horticultural presentations, provide question and answer sessions, and staff advice clinics.

Become a Master Gardener

If you’re in Toronto, here’s how to become a Master Gardener:

Ask A Master Gardener

Toronto Master Gardeners are happy to answer your gardening questions posted on this site, called in to our Infoline or asked in person at our scheduled events.

Gardening Tips

Throughout the year, Toronto Master Gardeners post brief gardening tips on this site to help you with your seasonal gardening tasks.

Partners:

Master Gardeners of Ontario

Compost Council of Canada

Toronto Region Conservation Authority

Toronto Botanical Gardens

City of Toronto

Toronto Public Library

Toronto Master Gardeners Code of Conduct

The Toronto Master Gardeners (TMG) is an organization committed to fostering an environment in which everyone we engage with, including fellow members and the general public, is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, age, gender, sexual identity or sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation or abilities. All members are expected to adhere to this principle.

The TMG does not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment, abuse or bullying.

If you feel that the code of conduct has been breached, please contact the executive coordinator or assistant coordinator, whose contact information can be found here.